Junkyard Gem: 1981 Fiat Spider 2000

Fiat gave up on the American market just after 1982, not returning till approximately three decades afterwards, but dealers below continue to experienced manufacturer-new 124 Activity Spiders readily available all the way to the close. Beginning in the 1979 model calendar year, this car became recognized as the Spider 2000 which is what we have obtained as present-day Junkyard Gem, spotted in a Denver-area self-services lawn past month.

The 124 Sport Spider built its debut in 1966. Due to the fact it was designed on the exact same system as the 124 sedan, it is consequently cousin to the unique VAZ-2101 Lada. I have often preferred the trunk lock that hides in the closing zero of the engine-displacement badge.

The 124 Activity Spider bought quite properly in the United States in the course of the 1970s (in simple fact, this motor vehicle was available only in the North American current market throughout the latter 50 percent of that 10 years), and I’ve discovered fairly a few examples all through my junkyard travels about the yrs. Immediately after Fiat departed our shores in 1982, Malcolm Bricklin ongoing marketing these automobiles (with Pininfarina Azzurra badging) by way of 1985.

This just one is in significantly nicer issue than any 124 Sport Spider I have witnessed in a lot of a long time, it’s possible stretching again to the era when you could continue to get these automobiles new.

You can find pretty modern human body-straightening do the job, suggesting that a person undertook a restoration exertion.

This could even be a new-ish convertible top rated.

Ability came from this Fiat Twin Cam motor, rated at 102 horsepower in 1981. The 124 Activity Spider’s extended-phrase rival in the American marketplace, the MGB, had its previous design yr in 1980, with the Triumph Spitfire departing at the similar time. That left the a lot much more costly ($14,895 vs . $9,899, or $49,500 and $32,895 in 2022 pounds) Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce as the Fiat Spider 2000’s primary competitor for the at any time-shrinking two-seat convertible market.

A 5-velocity handbook arrived as the default transmission in this automobile, nevertheless a GM-sourced three-speed computerized was out there at a cost of 520 bucks (about $1,730 these days). I have witnessed exactly one slushbox-equipped 124 Sport Spider in my lifestyle.

This is a person of the coolest-wanting change-pattern labels in automotive heritage.

The EX. Gasoline SENSOR warning light-weight was applied to warn of an overheating catalytic converter. I like to use these Fiat indicator lights for several initiatives, though they have become exceptional in latest many years. At the very least I will under no circumstances run out of early-1970s FASTEN SEAT BELT lights!

So, if you are on the lookout for a classic athletics-automobile task, be confident to consider the Fiat 124 Activity Spider. Pieces are plentiful and it can be (a little) quicker than an MGB or Spitfire.

Just the vehicle for attracting Rolls-driving females with disco sun shades … at least right until the light-weight alterations.

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